The course is a one year programme and is delivered largely through distance learning in an online format. This delivery method allows the student to study at a time that is convenient to them, no matter where they live. The modules are delivered using a combination of multi-media presentations, online discussion boards, and online tutorials. There will also be a need to attend our 2 interactive simulation workshops, each run over 2 days in the ICAPSS centre in Galway. These workshops are interactive and give the learner hands on experience and training in high fidelity simulation set up and debrief, task trainers, standardized patients, scenario generation, creation of virtual patient scenarios for e-learning and serious game design.
The course commences each September and is delivered in six sequential modules during the academic year, each module lasting approx. 6 weeks:
Module 1. An introduction to simulation and training in healthcare
Module 2. Simulation with manikin and task based trainers
Module 3. Standardised patients, virtual patients, and hybrid simulation
Module 4. Human factors and patient safety in simulation
Module 5. Uses of medical and healthcare simulation beyond education
Module 6. Running an effective simulation-based education programme
The course will be assessed by:
Diploma Cost (2019): €5,000 for a student from the EEA and €7,375 for a student from non-EEA
In the last decade there have been large changes in undergraduate healthcare education, postgraduate healthcare education, delivery of healthcare, and the working environment.
These changes have led to a large investment in simulation centres nationally and internationally. The Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Simulation and Patient Safety will provide the student with the expertise required to deliver simulation based education in their organisation within their specialty or on a broader scale, allowing to advance their clinical healthcare career. For students who are involved in running a simulation centre, they will learn how to design and support programmes and gain expertise in centre management, business and strategic planning.
An honours Bachelor degree at NFQ Level 8
Demonstrated interest in simulation
Demonstrated proficiency in English
Previous experience or academic qualification